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Today's Best Song Ever: "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" - The Move

This is a pleasant bit of baroque-psych whimsy from the Birmingham group that ultimately gave birth to the Electric Light Orchestra. It first appeared in September 1967 as the B-side to the Move's also-excellent "Flowers in the Rain" and--in a different version--as the A-side of the Idle Race's first single. It was the Move's version, however, that caught on with the listening public.

(Trivial aside: Idle Race singer Jeff Lynne, of course, would later join Wood in the Move and the two of them ultimately formed ELO. It's a confusing family tree/discography. Anyway...)

Wood's lyrics, telling of a nextdoor girl who is "round the bend," are cheerfully absurd, somewhat in the style of the Who's "Happy Jack." Spotting her, in her "silver-clad bikini/Singing, dancing round her fruit tree," our narrator wonders: "Could i calm her down by throwing stones at her/If only I could make the right approach to her/Think i'd rather tame a tiger/Turn those lemons into cider/Still I'd like to get beside her."

Not a lick of sense to it. Not that we mind, what with the exquisite harmonies on the choruses and mini string symphony on the middle eight. It's an amazing little arrangement, reminding us how much imagination and effort went into pop music of this era. And for a B-side at that!

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Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 29, 2006

Via the Comics Foundry: A pair of comics fans are reading the Stan Lee-Jack Kirby run of the Fantastic Four for the first time (and they call themselves comics fans?) and blogging their thoughts.


Datajunkie shares episodes of the Rod Serling-hosted "Zero Hour" radio series.


The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band leads a list of Briton's Top 100 Favorite Albums compiled by BBC Radio 2.


Datajunkie shares episodes of the OTR show "Blackstone, the Magic Detective" scripted by "Shadow" scribe William Gibson.


Drawn! looks at some "Calvin and Hobbes" rarities.


Andy Partridge is combing the archives for an XTC rarities box set.


Denis Kitchen, publisher of Kitchen Sink Comics and art rep for the late cartoonist Will Eisner, is excited about the upcoming film based on Eisner's "The Spirit."

CD new releases Aug. 29, 2006

CD new release Aug. 29, 2006Attack ~ About Time: Definitive Mod-Pop Collection 1966-68

Les Baxter ~ Ritual of the Savage / Passions

The Beach Boys ~ Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary CD+DVD [Limited Edition]

The Beach Boys ~ Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary CD+DVD (Limited Edition Fuzzy Package) [Limited Edition]

Tony Bennett ~ I Left My Heart in San Francisco (Rstr) [Original recording remastered]

Martin Denny ~ Exotica 3

Dirty Dozen Brass Band ~ What's Going on

Lee Dorsey ~ Holy Cow: Very Best of

Bob Dylan ~ Modern Times

Bill Frisell, et al ~ Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian

Joe Meek Shall Inherit the Earth ~ Vol. 2-Joe Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Pete Townshend ~ All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

Pete Townshend ~ Another Scoop

Pete Townshend ~ Deep End (Live)

Pete Townshend ~ Empty Glass

Pete Townshend ~ Iron Man

Pete Townshend ~ Psychoderelict

Pete Townshend ~ Scoop

Pete Townshend ~ Scoop 3

Pete Townshend ~ White City

Pete Townshend ~ Who Came First

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys ~ Best Of: Legends of Country Music (W/Book) [Box set] [Original recording remastered]

Various Artists ~ Battle of Hastings Street: Raw Detroit Blues & R&B From Joe's Record Shop 1953-1954

Various Artists ~ Country Goes Rock N Roll 2 [Original recording remastered]

DVD new releases Aug. 29, 2006

Adventures of Robin Hood Vol 1

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1 (B&W)

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 (B&W)

The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Seventh Season

Arrested Development - Season 3

Bob Dylan:1966-1978 After the Crash

Darkwing Duck, Volume 1

Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season

Dick Tracy Double Feature 1 (B&W)

Dick Tracy Double Feature 2 (B&W)

Dick Tracy the Serial (B&W)

Ellen - The Complete Season Four

The Lord of Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Theatrical and Extended Limited Edition)

Loretta Young Show 1 (B&W)

The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 3

The Personal Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus

Will & Grace: Season Five

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